Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's Almost Here!! - RV Season Is Upon Us

    I believe that my behavior over these last MANY cold months has been exemplary. While I did whine a bit about not being able to take any trips in my RV, I managed to find a few gadgets and gizmos to play with, learned a lot about the projects I have planned for this season and I've spoken with lots of like minded folks here in the North East. Everyone in the colder climes has been especially patient this winter. It seemed there was no end to the cold at all. Mother nature even "teased" us a bit with a few days, here and there, of 50+ degree weather. Only to spiral down again below freezing. Even today is supposed to be in the 30's with a 30 MPH wind! I'm not listening.  I'm going to firmly believe that Spring is here. The calendar says it is, I'm anxious for it to be here and I'm going to will the warm weather into being. That works, right? Any way you look at it, I'm ready. Winter is over! Let the RV Season begin!

Usually, around this time I modify, improve and add to my de-winterization checklist. I'll get to that in a week or two when I remove the cover and start going over my RV for the spring. Many folks fail to understand just how important this first inspection of the season can be. It's easy to find something when you are looking at each system carefully and cleaning the RV for the season. Fix now..or end up with bigger problems on the road! For now, I am gathering all the stuff that goes back in the RV that doesn't like cold weather. A nice pile is beginning to rise near the back door. New and Old stuff just waiting to make the short trek across the street to the RV, to be packed neatly for this season's adventures.

Some Stuff That Arrived For Christmas
I've also got quite a few items I am going to be testing on the road. Self heating meals, a solar thermal hot water system and of course the newly redeployed semi-flexible solar panels that I was able to source at the end of the season last year. Preliminary testing shows them to be even more efficient than the old (failed!) China sourced ones. Full report coming soon!

If you have any questions or suggestions for testing something or a destination for a trip or any interesting story ideas, don't hesitate to let me know. I learn just as much from the folks that read these articles as I do on my own!

Well, better get moving....there's supposed to be some freezing rain much for the "low 50's" forecast for the weekend. Ah well. Murphy...he was an OPTIMIST!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"

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